38 degrees and wind is no match for dedicated runners
By Brittany Dole
The 2018 Boston Marathon’s weather conditions were undoubtedly the most miserable in the history of the race, but it was the big win for Michigan native Desiree Linden, and for women runners everywhere, that is the real storybook finish here.
Linden is the first American woman to greet sweet victory since Lisa Weidenbach in 1985. Runner-up and full-time nurse Sarah Sellers shocked the racing world with her second place finish, as Sellers only had one other marathon under her belt and zero sponsors.
Both Linden and Sellers persevered, while other elites struggled in the bitter cold. Galen Rupp, a runner who placed second in last year’s race, was forced to quit at mile 18, and he required treatment for symptoms related to asthma and hypothermia. Rupp was not the only one faced with the difficult decision to drop out, as many other well- known athletes faced similar health problems early in the game.
Goes to show that status doesn’t matter when Mother Nature strikes. Believe it or not, Linden was considering leaving the race in the first few miles, but stuck it out and never looked back once taking the lead in mile 22.
Top contender Jordan Hasay shocked her competitors by withdrawing on the eve of the big day. Hasay was in the spotlight after her third place finish last year in Boston, but her last minute decision was blamed on a flare up of plantar fasciitis, and her reps thought it would be best to recover fully before tying those laces.
Understandable, and a game-changer for runners like Linden and Sellers. Desi Linden proudly captured her first marathon win ever, after five previous appearances and an upsetting loss back in 2011, where she was six seconds shy of gold.
If that is not enough to get the emotions moving, well Desi broke the internet basically by being a great friend and waiting for fellow pal and runner Shalane Flanagan at a bathroom break. That move could have cost her the race, but instead it solidified her spirit.
Linden demonstrated heart and the ultimate level of sportsmanship, and women are joyful for these moments in running.